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Compelling evidence for the power of placebo,
This review is from: The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth (Paperback)
Headline in today's paper... "Recession linked to huge rise in use of antidepressants". It seems that whatever the evidence, there will always be a massive, lucrative market for a pill-based solution to life's woes. This book gives an accessible, compelling account of the science behind antidepressants. The conclusion is hard to dispute: all drug-types used to treat depression alleviate symptoms through the active-placebo effect. That's not to say they don't work - placebos can be very powerful - but it's important and interesting to understand what's going on.
The only criticism I have of this book is that there is no mention of animal studies into the effects of antidepressants. I don't know if there are animal models for depression and its treatment, but the evidence from such trials might shed further light on this subject.